The Monday Milers is a companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the “Monday Rollers”. The average moving pace is two (2) to two and a half (2.5) mph. Our distances will be 4 – 8 miles and usually moderate elevation changes. We stop for interesting events (animals, plants, and scenery).
Regular departure time and place: The Lowe’s Home Center at the curb closest to and parallel with US 64. Start time is 9:00 AM. Please try to be there by 8:45 AM to allow time for sign-up, car arrangements (we usually carpool with a fee for the driver’s car), and visiting.
Hike leader: Richard Mayberry 828 884-4398 (h), 704 236-4398 (c), email@example.com
If you are interested in trying these hikes but have questions please contact Richard Mayberry.
“All who wander are not lost.”–J.R.R. Tolkien
MONDAY MILERS: WINTER/SPRING 2021
Adventures with Richard…
February 1 BENT CREEK FOREST RAMBLE, ONE
6.5 miles, 920’ ascent, 950’ descent, R5, car fee: $5.00
This is a loop trail. From the Rice Pinnacle parking we hike out Deer Lake Lodge connecting to Wolf Branch, Ledford Rd., Ingles Field Gap, Ingles Field Gap Connector, Boyd Branch Rd., Ledford Branch Rd., Deer Lake Lodge trails returning to parking.
February 8 NORTH SLOPE/ART LOEB LOOP
8 miles, 1,700’ climb, R7, no car fee
From the Art Loeb parking we hike up North Slope to the North Slope Connector to the Art Loeb Trail completing the loop.
February 15 LOOKING GLASS ROCK
6.5 miles, 1,200’ ascent est., R7, $2.00 car fee
From Looking Glass parking we go up and back with a detour, when returning, to lunch near the helipad.
February 22 SYCAMORE COVE FROM LOWE’S
7 miles, est. 700’ ascent, R6, no car fee
From Lowe’s parking we hike out the Estatoe Trail, cross footbridge and hike right to the Sycamore Cove trailhead, hike the trail and return.
March 1 DEVIL’S COURTHOUSE VARIATION
4.6 miles, 900’ ascent, 660’ descent’, R6, car fee: $5.00
Park at 215 and the BRP, hike to Devil’s Courthouse via the Mountains to Sea Trail then return via the Blue Ridge Parkway.
March 8 BRACKEN MOUNTAIN TO LOWE’S*
12.2 miles, 2,400’ ascent, 2,200’ descent, R9, $2.00
Shuttle from Bracken Mountain parking, hike the “blue trail” to 475c, continue to intersection of the Art Loeb trail, go to the Estatoe trail and return to Lowe’s parking.
March 15 PINK BEDS
6.5 miles, 350’ climb, R3, $3.00
From Pink Beds parking we hike the loop. Option: start from Barnette Branch, add .6 mile
March 22 GREEN RIVER GAME LANDS – NORTH SIDE
6 miles, 1400’ ascent, 1360’ descent, R8, $5.00 car fee
A loop hike, off Big Hungry Road, hike down Pulliam Creek Trail 1.5 miles, take Narrows Spur (very difficult) out and back .2 miles, continue down Pulliam Creek . 7 miles, left onto Bear Branch Trail 1.5 miles, left onto Bishop Branch Trail 1.1 miles, hike back to cars on Big Hungry Rd.
March 29 GRAVEYARD RIDGE LOOP
6+ miles, 700’ ascent more or less, R8, $5.00
From Big Sam parking we hike out Ivestor Gap to Graveyard Ridge trail, turning right onto the Mountains to Sea Trail and returning to Rd 816 and hiking back to cars.
April 5 BEARWALLOW MOUNTAIN/TRAMBATORE TRAIL
8.3 miles, 2,000’ climb, R9, car fee: $5.00
From Bear Wallow Road we hike in and out on both the Trambatore and Bearwallow mountain Trails.
April 12 DEVIL’S COURTHOUSE LOOP
7.5 miles, 900’ climb, 660’ descent, R6, $5.00
From Highway 215 we walk down to Flat Laurel Creek trail to Little Sam trail up to the MST, to Devil’s Courthouse back to the MTS returning to our cars.
April 19 ROUGH RUN
4.5 miles, 300’ climb, R4, $5.00
North of Cashiers and on private property this is a great spring ephemeral hike with two beautiful waterfalls.
April 26 PRESSLEY COVE AND TURKEY PEN*
10 miles est., 2,000’ ascent est., R9, car fee: $2.00
It is a shuttle from the Ranger shed to Turkey Pen parking. We take Pressley Cove trail to Forest Rd. 5022, turn right as short distance, then left onto Black Mountain trail to Turkey Pen Gap trail to cars.
May 3 BIG SAM PARKING TO SHINING ROCK
6 miles est., 700’ climb, R6, $5.00
From Big Sam parking we hike out Ivestor Gap trail, continue on to Shining Rock and return.
May 10 DUPONT FOREST, TRAVERSING FROM FAWN LAKE TO GUION FARM *
8.2 miles, 1,000’ ascent, 1,100’ descent, R8, $3.00 car fee
We wander the shortest way, south to north in Dupont Forest. Either a key exchange or shuttle depending upon interest.
May 17 GORGES STATE PARK, RAINBOW FALLS, etc.
6 miles, 950’ ascent, R6, $3.50 car fee
From the trailhead go past Rainbow Falls to Turtle Falls and back. Lunch at Stair Step Falls.
May 24 DUPONT FOREST: HOOKER FALLS TO CORN MILLS SHOALS*
8 miles, 1,000’ ascent, R6, $2.00
From Hooker Falls parking we hike to Bridal Veil Falls, then onto Corn Mills Shoals parking.
May 31 WADING AT TURKEY PEN
7.2 miles, 700’ ascent, R7, car fee: $2.00
From Turkey Pen parking we hike Vineyard Gap, left at Riverside trail and back via short up to cars.
June 7 BUCK SPRING TO PISGAH INN*
6.1 miles, 1,500 ascent, 65’ descent, R7, car fee: $4.00.
A shuttle: leave a car at the Pisgah Inn, we will begin our hike at the Buck Spring parking on HWY 276. Let’s plan to have lunch at the Pisgah Inn?
June 14 DUPONT FOREST: GUION FARMS TO CORN MILLS SHOALS PARKING*
7.8 miles, 1,030’ ascent and descent, R6, car fee: $2.00 from Lowe’s
A shuttle hike: Buck Forest Road to Visitor Center on to Sheep Mountain trail to Pine Tree trail to Longside trail to cars. This is an east to west across Dupont Forest.